Help with Your First Invention: Separate the Idea of Invention

Very often people use the words idea and invention without too much fluidity, without thinking about the precise meaning of these two words. Perhaps in an informal conversation this practice is sufficient; however, when one speaks in legal terms, these words have a different meaning and one must separate them clearly.

Definition of Idea

In legal terms, the word idea means something abstract, something that one can not feel or touch. For example, you can have an idea on how to improve a hydraulic turbine. However, until you produce the proper documentation and technical drawings that accurately explain the internal workings of your machinery, there will only be … an idea, an abstract and vague solution to the problem you are trying to solve. You can find more helpful tips on

Definition of the invention

The invention, on the other hand, is a solution well thought out and formalized for a specific problem. We are no longer dealing with hypothetical machinery or a process; On the contrary, the design has been carefully analyzed and documented. In fact, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will only grant the patent to the inventor whose work is well written, with written instructions clearly enough to be understood by the person with skills similar to those of the inventor. In addition, the USPTO encourages inventors to specify the so-called “best mode requirement”, which means that the inventor must disclose the best method used to achieve the desired results.

Should all inventions be patented?

Should all inventions be patented? In my opinion, inventions that have no practical purpose and are not realistic in their implementation should not be patented. Some inventors become so obsessed with their inventions that they become blind to reality and do not realize that their invention is not practical. They go on, spending money on patent attorneys only to finally realize that their invention is just a castle in the sand. In situations like this, all that is needed is a new look at the problem in question. The original idea could have been brilliant, but the inventor has chosen the wrong way to produce a unique solution to the problem.

In summary, it is important for an inventor to differentiate between the words idea and invention like discussed in . This terminal is useful when the inventor is ready to take the next step in protecting his invention by patenting.